Have you ever wondered whether you are an introvert or an extrovert? When we observe people, sometimes it is easy to judge if someone falls into one of these personalities. For instance, those who are considered extrovert tend to be drawn to people and get their energy by meeting friends or socializing; or if they are introverts, taking me-time should be on their priority as they can ‘charge their battery’ by being alone.
Nevertheless, often people—or maybe you are one of them—can’t determine which personality they are in. There are times when you feel like meeting people and being the centre of attention, yet other times you want to do things on your own. One thing is sure; you are allowed to categorize yourself in the grey area in the continuum of introversion or extroversion. Yes, you might be an ambivert!
Through his findings, an associate professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Adam Grant, point out that two-thirds of people do not fall into certain categories of introvert or extrovert. Meaning that these people have both introverted and extroverted qualities, behaviours, and tendencies. And they are known as ambiverts.
Ambiverts have the combination of two personalities that makes them easier to adjust their behaviour and approach to others based on situation or condition; therefore, they can connect and get along with people better and more easily. This approach also enables them to have a wider variety of friends.
Moreover, Grant’s research rebuts a notion that says extrovert are the best at sales. His research which was the result of a personality survey, shows those who are ambiverts are the best salespeople, where they can perform 51% better than other salespeople who were not categorized in ambiverts group.
“The ambivert advantage stems from the tendency to be assertive and enthusiastic enough to persuade and close, but at the same time, listening carefully to customers and avoiding the appearance of being overly confident or excited,” Grant said.
So, how to tell if someone is an ambivert? Since you might also be interested to find out that chances are you are one of them, check the list below!
Signs You’re an Ambivert
- You do not have difficulties to perform tasks alone, or in a group, either way, is fine with you.
- You can get lost in your daydreams or thoughts, and you can also lose yourself in small talk or heavy discussions with other.
- You can’t choose whether you like to have more me-time since it will bore you if you spend too much time on your own; or spend your time around others, but until some extent, it will drain you somehow.
- You know when to trust. Sometimes you can be so sceptical, but other times, when you think the person and time are just right, you will let your guard down more easily.
- You are a good communicator. Because you are ‘trained’ to adjust your way to approach different types of people. So, you know how to set your gesture and responses in both humorous small talks and heavy discussions.
- However, you can be a bit indecisive—of course, because you are the perfect mixture of introverted and extroverted personalities. The key to overcome this is to realize when to force yourself to lean towards your introverted or extroverted natures!